Art Education

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Mr. Carl Ankenbrand

Art Website

Mr. Ankenbrand is originally from rural Mt. Carmel, Illinois, I grew up on a farm which consisted of 250 acres.  I attended Mt. Carmel High School (home of the Golden Aces).  I received an Associate of Science degree from Wabash Valley College and a Bachelor of Science degree in studio art w/K-12 Illinois certification from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  I was hired by CUSD #11 to teach high school art in August of 1995.  The Fall of 2006 I started teaching art at Maple, Honeywell, and John Greer Grade Schools in the Hoopeston Area School District.  I teach roughly 680 students each week.  I am also employed as the Asst. High School Wrestling Coach and District Photographer.

My wife Kelly is a Cornjerker, and is employed at HAHS/HAMS as the technology teacher.  She has two children from a previous marriage - Nathan and Sam.  We have a daughter together, Taylor Madisyn, and a dog Coco.

When I am not teaching art to the youth in Hoopeston I can be found walking my dog every morning and in the weight room or spending time outdoors hunting and fishing, especially along the Bonpas Creek in Wabash County, Illinois, and coaching my daughter in fast-pitch softball.

Vocal Music

Miss Dawn Furguson

Miss Ferguson graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education.  She has been teaching for seven years - this being her eighth year.  She loves performing and enjoys teaching others how to perform.  Miss Ferguson was a member of the Semi-Professional Chorus, NOVA Singers, for three years.  She was also a member of the gospel trio 'Lovin' Faith for 5 years.   She has three brothers, a sister, and two nieces.  She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and served as a camp couselor, music director, and Bible Study leader at varous church camps since I was 18 years old.

Miss Ferguson says, "I am excited to be here and look forward to working with the students!"

Elementary Band

Mrs. Jennifer Mandel

Originally from Penn Yan, NY, Mrs. Mandel began playing clarinet in 4th grade. She continues to play today in ensembles at Parkland Community College.  She has a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and a Master's of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois. Mrs. Mandel began teaching in Hoopeston in 2007. In her free time, she enjoys biking, running, reading, and traveling.